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JOWERS Center Harmon Guard Heft Guard Bowermam Forward After almosl breaking even in games, and almost freezing to death, they returned to tne land of sunshine and mint juleps to get ready for their first S.I. A. A. game. In a nip and tuck battle, in which the lead changed ten times, the Gents opened their conter- ence basketball schedule with a 44-38 victory over the Southwestern Bulldogs. The Cente- nary cagers sank twelve foul shots out of seventeen attempts and hit the basket from all an- gles of the court, chalking up the conference win. After this game, Coach Curtis Parker resigned and Coach Elmer Smith took over the duties of head basketball coach. Under the direction of the new coach, the Gents ' revamped team won two games from Louis- iana College at Pineville. They met their first setback under the new regime at Southwestern Institute, where the Bulldogs reversed the Shreveport score, 46 to 21. Following this defeat by the Bulldogs, the Gentlemen dropped one game to the Louisiana Normal Demons and their 6 ' 9 " center. After that game they came back and won four straight games, two from Louisiana Tech and two from Loyola University of the South. Following these victories the boys of the top hat and cane played nine return games with some of the teams mentioned above, winning four of these and losing five. FINISH WITH A VICT
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The only incident to mar the season was the loss of Captain John Manson who underwent an opera- tion on his knee. The Gents lost the services of Pete Williams, Sam Ails, and Lewis Bradley from last year ' s squad through graduation. Returning lettermen included Max Bowerman (Captain), Ted Olzack, Weenie Bynum, Bob Barrie, and Lurlin Harmon. Sophomore candidates were Claude Teel, A. R. Jowers, Alex Penny, Melbourne Craw- ford, Ed Murphy, Delwin Heft, Tyler Pirtle and Lavelle Murphy. In the next five games the Gentlemen went down in defeat but these setbacks were not cause for excess mourning for their opponents were Texas Christian University, Texas Tech, and Rice Institute, readily recognized as tough on anybody ' s schedule. Christmas holidays rolled around and, while everyone else went home for a vacation, the basketball team packed its grips and headed for Yankee-land and its annual barnstorming tour. MEN ON THE COURT Back row — Hetl, L. Murphy, E. Murphy, Teel. Front row — Coach Smith, Bowerman, Jowers, Penny, Crawlorcl, Harmon. Front center — Waller O ' Roark, mascot. 1
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THE 1940 SQUAD E. Murphy, Guard Teel, Guard Totally speaking, the Gents on the court played thirty-four basketball games this year, winning fifteen and losing nineteen. While this is not a champion ' s total, it is not one to be ashamed of, because thirty-four games in seven states, covering approximate- ly three thousand miles on the road, is no easy schedule for any team. Although they were rated from the opening as cellar leaders in the conference , after having reigned as its outstanding team over a period of years, they showed such improvement with every tussle that at the finish they were as strong as any team in the Louisiana S.I. A. A. race. Penny Forward L. Murphy Forward Crawford Guard OR Y
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